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November 5, 2014

TV ad spending in state Supreme Court elections by outside groups, political parties, and candidates has surged to more than $13.8 million since January, surpassing the $12.2 million spent on TV advertising in the 2010 midterm elections, according to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice and Justice at Stake of estimates provided by Kantar Media/CMAG.

November 5, 2014

Total TV ad spending in a hard-fought Montana Supreme Court election rose to a record $291,280, fueled by checks from national groups like the Republican State Leadership Committee and Americans for Prosperity, as well as Montanans for Liberty and Justice, supported by trial attorneys

November 5, 2014

In the first election cycle since state lawmakers eliminated North Carolina’s popular public financing program for judicial elections, spending on the state’s Supreme Court race shattered records, according to state and national fair-courts advocates. 

November 5, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement after Illinois voters on Tuesday retained a new 10-year term for state Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier:

November 5, 2014

When Kansas voters rejected an eleventh-hour campaign to remove two top judges over a single ruling, they affirmed the importance of keeping politics out of the courtroom, Justice at Stake said.

November 5, 2014

Tennesseans’ vote to approve Amendment 2 represents a good step toward keeping politics out of the courtroom but leaves more work to be done, Justice at Stake said on Wednesday. The ballot measure will write into the state Constitution a modified Federal-style system for picking appellate judges.

October 30, 2014

With less than a week until Election Day, special interest groups have dramatically increased TV ad spending to influence state Supreme Court races in Illinois, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, and Ohio

October 28, 2014

Candidates for North Carolina’s Supreme Court have raised a record breaking $2.9 million in campaign funds this election cycle, according to an analysis of publicly available state campaign disclosure filings by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice. 

October 24, 2014

With less than two weeks to November 4th, political parties, outside groups, and state Supreme Court candidates have spent more than $9.1 million on TV ads this election cycle, including primaries and off cycle elections, according to FCC filings, campaign financial disclosures, and estimates from Kantar Media/CMAG analyzed by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice.

October 23, 2014

Illinois state Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, whose 2004 election battle against Gordon Maag set spending records at the time, is facing a surge in independent spending by a group opposing his retention.   

October 23, 2014

A pre-election poll of 579 Cole County, Missouri likely voters shows nearly three-quarters of them concerned about outside special interest money pouring into their county’s circuit court election.

October 15, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg made the following statement in reacting to reports that a partisan group based in Washington, D.C. has channeled $200,000 into Missouri to help fund a lower-court judicial candidate in a politically important jurisdiction: 

October 10, 2014

In March of 2013, JAS issued a statement highlighting the urgency of the legislature acting to preserve the judicial nominating commission, which stood at the core of the Tennessee Plan, in which Bert Brandenburg called it "troubling"...

October 10, 2014

Spending on television advertising airtime has topped $1 million in three contested races for the Michigan Supreme Court, as the state Republican Party began an ad campaign touting its nominees, according to an analysis by Justice at Stake...

October 8, 2014

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) began airing television ads in Montana’s State Supreme court election this week, as spending by non-candidate groups makes its entrance into the race.  

October 7, 2014

With less than one month remaining before the Nov. 4 elections, candidates for the North Carolina Supreme Court have booked more than $1 million worth of TV airtime for campaign ads in the four contested races. 

October 2, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to consider an appeal in Lanell Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar:

September 30, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement on today’s announcement by the American Judicature Society that it will close its doors:

September 26, 2014

A debate in Wisconsin over whether state Supreme Court justices should hear a case involving a top spender on behalf of several of their campaigns illustrates the need for judicial selection reform

September 26, 2014

Michigan could be on track to see another high-spending ad war in its Supreme Court races this fall, as candidates have already booked nearly $690,000 worth of airtime in TV ad contracts.

September 24, 2014

With the November 4th elections less than six weeks away, public records available to date show that television advertising buys worth nearly $710,000 have already been booked in four contested races for the North Carolina Supreme Court.

 
September 11, 2014

More than $3.1 million has already been spent this year on TV ads in state supreme court primaries and off-cycle elections, according to estimates provided by Kantar Media/CMAG and released by the Brennan Center and Justice at Stake. 

August 28, 2014

Justice at Stake is pleased to announce that Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jamie Barnett of Venable LLP, who has more than 30 years experience in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve, has joined its Board of Directors. 

August 21, 2014

A post-election poll of Tennessee voters who participated in the August 7 election finds a strong majority is opposed to partisan politics playing a role in the courts or in retention elections for judges.  

August 7, 2014

 WASHINGTON, D.C., August 7–Television ad spending in Tennessee’s Supreme Court election surged past $1.4 million, in a tough contest that attracted money from in-state and out-of-state sources. On Thursday, voters delivered new eight-year terms to all three incumbent Tennessee justices who sought retention to the five-member court.

 

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